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Dog Sweater Knitting Pattern {Straight Needles}

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This dog sweater knitting pattern is made in one piece and knit flat on straight knitting needles.

It has an interesting stitch pattern and a turtleneck to keep your dog warm.

You can make this sweater for a small dog, medium-sized dog, or large dog, the measurements are listed below in the pattern information.

Scroll down for the free pattern or you can grab your printer-friendly, ad-free PDF here.

dog wearing a jumper

An Easy Dog Jumper To Make

This is an easy pattern for those of you who are advanced beginner level, and the techniques you will need to know are casting on, casting off, knit, purl, and slipping stitches.

There are also increases and decreases to shape the sweater.

As it has been knit in one piece, there is seaming to join the underside of the sweater together.

Free dog sweater pattern

The yarn I used

I made the dog sweater using DK – double knitting yarn, this is light worsted/8 ply yarn.

I used La Mia Just Wool in Green (LT005) 50g/116m/100% recycled wool.

You can purchase this yarn from Hobium yarns.

Any double knitting (DK)/light worsted/8 ply yarn will be okay to use for this pattern.

large dog sweater knit in double knitting yarn

How To Knit The Grid Stitch

The stitch pattern used in this sweater is called the grid stitch.

It is worked in a 4-row pattern repeated as follows:

  • Row 1: K1, (*P1, K1) rep from * to end.
  • Row 2: P1, (*K1, P1) rep from * to end.
  • Row 3: Knit to end.
  • Row 4: Knit to end.

This gives the sweater an interesting texture.

The collar is worked in 1 x 1 ribbing to create the turtle neck.

large dog sweater

Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern:

This pattern is great for any advanced beginner knitters.

dog jumper knit with DK yarn

More Dog Sweaters

For more dog sweater knitting patterns you may be interested in this post, which features a roundup of 10 fall dog sweaters.

You may also like these free patterns for dog sweaters:

dog wearing a knitted sweater

Dog Sweater Knitting Pattern – Straight Needles

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Notes

Please note if you want to add a lead hole into your sweater you can do a 3 stitch cast off at the base of the neck.

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Skill Level – Easy

Gauge – 19 sts and 30 rows in 4 inches.

Size / Measurements

The instructions are for all sizes.

The first set of numbers applies to the small size, the second set to the medium size, and the third to the large size.

Width – S – 14 to 18 inches / M – 20 – 24 inches / L – 26-30 inches.

Length excluding the collar – S – 14 inches / M – 17 inches / L – 20 inches.

dog jumper knit with DK yarn
DOG SWEATERS

The Supplies You Need

Yarn

Needles

Notions

knitted dog coat in double knitting yarn

Abbreviations / Knitting Abbreviations List

  • Cont – Continue
  • Foll – Following
  • Inc – Increase
  • K – Knit
  • K3tog – Knit the next 3 stitches together
  • M1 – Make one stitch
  • P – Purl
  • Psso – Pass slipped stitch over
  • P3tog – Purl the next 3 stitches together
  • M1p – pick up loop lying between needles and purl into the back of it
  • Rem – Remaining
  • Rep – Repeat
  • Sl – slip
  • St (s) – Stitch (es)
  • Tbl – Through back of loops
  • 1 x 1 ribbing – *K1, P1 – rep from * to end of row

Pattern

Cast on 47, 59, 71 sts.

  • Row 1: K1, (*P1, K1) rep from * to end.
  • Row 2: P1, (*K1, P1) rep from * to end.
  • Row 3: Knit to end.
  • Row 4: Knit to end.

These 4 rows form the pattern.

Rep them twice more, then keep the continuity of the pattern, inc as follows:

  • Row 1: K1, M1, P1, *K1, P1 – rep from * to last st, M1, K1.
  • Row 2: P2, K1, *P1, K1 – rep from * to last 2 sts, P2.
  • Rows 3 and 4: Knit to end.
  • Row 5: K1, m1p, K1, *P1, K1 – rep from * to last stitch, m1p, K1.
  • Row 6: P1, *K1, P1 – Rep from * to end of row.
  • Rows 7 and 8 – Knit to end.

Rep these 8 rows twice more for the small size, once more for the medium size, and once more for the large size.

  • Next 2 rows: As 1st and 2nd inc rows.
  • Next row: K1, M1, K to last st, M1, K1.
  • Next row: Knit to end.

Rep last 4 rows 2, 5, 6 times more.

For medium and large sizes:

  • Next row: As 1st inc row.
  • Next row: P1, M1, P1, *K1, P1 – rep from * to last st, M1, P1.
  • Next 2 rows: K1, M1, K to last st, M1, K1.

For large size only: Rep last 4 rows twice more.

For all sizes:

Work the 1st to 4th original pattern rows 6, 7, 7 times more on these 71, 99, 131 sts, then divide sts for back and under sections as follows:

*Please note – work in 1 x 1 ribbing – where stated to work in rib.

Next row: Rib 11, 17, 23 sts, cast off 3, 3, 5 sts, rib until there are 43, 59, 75 sts on right-hand needle after the cast-off group, cast off the next 3, 3, 5 sts, rib to end.

Next row: Rib 11, 17, 23 sts, turn, leaving rem sts on a stitch holder or spare needle, cont only on the first set of sts for the under section.

Work 20, 28, 32 rows in pattern, finishing with a 2nd rib row.

Break off yarn and leave sts on a st holder or spare needle.

With the wrong side of work facing you, join yarn to the inner end of sts on spare needle/st holder and rib 43, 59, 75 sts, turn, leaving rem sts on the spare needle/st holder.

Work 20, 28, 32 rows in the pattern on these sts, for back, then break off yarn and leave sts on a stitch holder or spare needle.

With the wrong side of work facing you, join yarn to the inner end of sts on spare needle/st holder and rib to end.

Work 21, 29, 33 rows in pattern, finishing with a K row, then turn and cast on 3, 3, 5 sts, turn again and K the 43, 59, 75 sts of back, turn and cast on 3, 3, 5 sts, turn again and K the 11, 17, 23 sts from st holder/spare needle.

K 1 row over all sts.

Now shape the work:

For the small size:

  • Row 1: *Rib 9, P3tog – rep from * twice, rib 23, *P3tog, rib 9 – rep from * twice.
  • Row 2: Rib to end.
  • Row 3: K8, sl 1, K2tog, Psso, K7, K3tog,K21, sl 1, K2tog, Psso, K7, K3tog, K8.
  • Row 4: Knit to end.
  • Row 5: Rib 7, P3tog, rib 5, P3tog, rib 19, P3tog, rib 5, P3tog, rib 7.
  • Row 6: Rib to end.
  • Row 7: K6, sl 1, K2tog, Psso, K3, K3tog, K17, sl 1, K2tog, Psso, K3, K3tog, K6. (39 sts)

For the medium size:

  • Row 1: Rib 15, P3tog, rib 13, P3tog, rib 31, P3tog, rib 13, P3tog, rib 15.
  • Row 2: Rib to end.
  • Row 3: Knit to end.
  • Row 4: K14, K3tog, K11, K3tog, tbl, K29, K3tog, K11, K3tog,tbl, K14.
  • Rows 5 and 6: Rib to end.
  • Row 7: K13, sl 1, K2tog, Psso, K9, K3tog, K27, sl 1, K2tog, Psso, K9, K3tog, K13.
  • Row 8: Knit to end.
  • Row 9: Rib to end.
  • Row 10: Rib 12, P3tog, rib 7, P3tog, rib 25, P3tog, rib 7, P3tog, rib 12.
  • Row 11: K the rem 67 sts.

For the large size:

  • Row 1: Rib 23, P3tog, rib 17, P3tog, rib 39, P3tog, rib 17, P3tog, rib 23.
  • Row 2: Rib to end.
  • Rows 3 and 4: Knit to end.
  • Row 5: Rib 22, sl 1, K2tog, Psso, rib 15, K3tog, rib 37, sl 1, K2tog, Psso, rib 15, K3tog, rib 22.
  • Rep 2nd, 3rd and 4th shaping rows once.
  • Row 9: Rib 21, P3tog, rib 13, P3tog, rib 35, P3tog, rib 13, P3tog, rib 21.
  • Rep 2nd, 3rd and 4th shaping rows once.
  • Row 13: Rib 20, sl 1, k2tog, Psso, rib 11, K3tog, rib 33, sl 1, K2tog, Psso, rib 11, K3tog, rib 20.
  • Rep 2nd and 3rd shaping rows once on rem 99 sts.

For all sizes:

  • Next row: K 2, 2, 4 sts, *M1, K7 – rep from * to last 2, 2, 4 sts, M1, K 2, 2, 4 sts. (45, 77, 113) sts.
  • Row 1: K1, *P1, K1 – rep from * to end.
  • Row 2: P1, *K1, P1 – rep from * to end. 

Rep these two rib rows for 4, 5, 6 inches.

Cast off very loosely in rib (go up a needle size is necessary).

Sew in any loose ends.

Making Up

Join the collar and under sections along the straight-row ends, reversing the seam at the neck edge for the collar.

I used the mattress stitch to sew the sides together as this gave a nice invisible seam.

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Happy Knitting! xoxo

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60 Comments

  1. Such an adorable sweater, and your model is a cutie too! (Smile).
    Thank you for explaining everything thoroughly so that this semi-newbie knitter can follow.

    1. Hello Lyn, thank you so much for your kind words, I’m really happy that you like the dog sweater and I hope you enjoy making it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Thankyou so much for this little dog sweater!! I’ve just knitted my first one and will have to make more! It’s just too cute my pomeranian loves it. I’ve also tried your striped one and I love it too!! Would love to try some new dog sweater patterns on straight needles! I’m only a beginner and these patterns are amazing. I truly cant tell you how much I love them!

    1. Hello Danielle, thank you so much for your kind words, I’m so happy that you enjoyed the patterns! ๐Ÿ™‚
      I have more dog sweaters coming soon, you can follow on Facebook etc/sign up for the newsletter if you haven’t already to see when they are released.
      You can also share photos of your dog wearing his (or her) sweater in the Handy Little Me Facebook group or by adding the hashtag #handylittleme on insta.
      Happy knitting!
      Louise ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Thank you for the pattern! It is one that I feel that I can actually knit! Normally the little holes for the legs puts me off, but I’m going to have a go as your instructions make sense to me! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hello Jo, thanks so much for your comment, I’m so happy you are going to knit the dog sweater ๐Ÿ™‚
      Enjoy!
      Louise

      1. I just finished the dog sweater for my dog turned outlovely do you have a pattern for a xx large dog I will do one for my son thank you

        1. Hello Shiela, I’m so happy that you liked the pattern! ๐Ÿ™‚
          For now, I only have the sizes going up to large, I don’t have any for an extra-large dog.
          That is something I can try to work on in the future to add.
          Thanks so much for your comment and for visiting the site,
          Happy Knitting!
          Louise

        2. This pattern is beautiful! Thank you for the simple instructions.

          I’ve just finished knitting one in small for my papillion. Unfortunately it doesnt fit her but she is a bit taller and longer than the average papillion tends to be.

          The pattern is so quick and easy I’ll have another go at the medium ๐Ÿ™‚

          1. Hello Janice,
            Thanks so much for your kind words, I’m so happy you like the pattern.
            The medium may be better – you can adapt the length if you need to make it longer.
            Happy knitting!
            Louise

  4. Where it says next 2 rows: as 1st and 2nd inc rows. Is that row 1 and 2 of the previous 8 rows. Or row 1 and 5?

    1. Hello Ann,
      The 1st and 2nd inc rows are repeating rows 1 and 2.
      The row after that you will cont in the pattern and it will be a knit row – (Next row: K1, M1, K to last st, M1, K1.)
      I hope that helps ๐Ÿ™‚
      Louise

  5. Thank you for this pattern! This was so easy to follow and my puppy loves her new sweater. You made it easy and fun to pick up knitting again.

    1. Hello Deb,
      I’m so happy you enjoyed this pattern and that your puppy loves her sweater.
      Happy knitting!
      Louise

  6. Hello, after row 8 when it says โ€œrep these 8 rows (twice, once, once) moreโ€ – what does that mean? Does it mean that we repeat the 8 rows four times?

    1. Hello Ellie,
      This depends on the size you are making – you will repeat the 8 rows twice more for the small size, once more for the medium size and once more for the large size.
      I hope that helps!
      Louise ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Sorry but Iโ€™m still confused. If Iโ€™m knitting a medium, would I repeat the rows twice and then an additional once? Large would be twice plus once plus once? Sorry newbie. Thanks!

        1. Hello Sue,
          If you are making the medium you will rep the 8 rows once more.
          The pattern instructions – โ€œrep these 8 rows (twice, once, once) more”
          This means if you are making the small size you rep the 8 rows twice more only, for the medium size once more only and for the large size once more only.
          I hope that helps!
          Louise

  7. I am making the size medium for my dog and I am confused about how many stitches I should have on at the widest point? I think it says 99 but then there are more increases before I get to where it says that. So I feel like it’s more. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

    1. Hello Jill,
      Yes – you will have 99 sts after all of the increases and repeated increases up to where you will divide the stitches for the back and under section.
      There are not more stitches than that for the medium size.
      Perhaps you increased too many times up to that point?
      I just counted through and it is 99 for the medium size.
      Maybe double check where you made the icreases?
      You can email me if you need more help.
      Thanks,
      Louise

  8. Hi Louise and thank you so much for this pattern!!!! The instructions are very clear and the variation of stitches give such a beautiful texture especially when using a single color. I actually received a special request you may want to add – to have a hole for the ring on the dog’s collar to stick through to attach a leash! I did a 3 stitch cast off at the base of the neck and it worked perfectly!

    1. Hello Heather,
      I’m so happy you like the pattern and that is a great suggestion!
      I haven’t been adding in dog collar holes in my recent dog sweater patterns – mainly because my dog wears a harness but I know that many people do attach the leash to their dog’s collar.
      A harness has been the best thing I ever bought for Jason, he used to pull me a lot when we walked and with the harness, he is 100% better and more chilled.
      It also has a handle on the back, so if I need to I can move him without feeling like I’m strangling him.
      I will add a note into the pattern.
      Thanks,
      Louise

  9. Help! I have a stupid ?

    When you say “rep these 8 rows (twice, once, once) more.”
    For the large does it mean to do the 8 rows twice then once and once more? Or do i just do the 8 rows once?
    Thank you anyone for the help! Love this pattern…making for my granddogger๐Ÿ’—

    1. Hello Jeanette,
      If you are making the large size you will repeat the 8 rows once more.
      I hope that helps!
      Louise

      1. Thank you for responding so quickly.
        I have never been so happy to undo incorrect work…and start over. Ha ha
        I will submit a finished photo๐Ÿ˜€

  10. Help stupid question,

    Work 20, 28, 32 rows in pattern, finishing with a 2nd rib row.
    I’m not sure what this means, do I knit the rows 1-4 in original pattern for 28 rows and then my last row (29) is a rib row?
    Any help would be great.

    Thanks

    Liz

    1. Hello Liz,
      Yes – you would work rows 1-4 in the grid stitch pattern for your size (28 rows) and then finish on a second rib row – so the last row you work has to be row 2 of the grid stitch pattern.
      The last row is row 28. This will be the rib row 2 that you end on.
      Then you will break the yarn and leave those sts on a spare holder or cable.
      I hope that helps!
      Louise

  11. Love the pattern so far, thanks so much for it! I’m making a small, and am starting at ” work the 1st to 4th original pattern…71 stitches. I only have 63? Trying to figure it out but getting nowhere. Any ideas? Thanks

    1. Hello Rho,
      Have you checked through to make sure that you completed all of the increases?
      If you need more help, please contact me via the contact page in the main menu.
      Thanks!
      Louise

  12. Question re -measurements, is that all the way round the dogs widest part, or just over it’s back please?

    Thank you
    Caroline

    1. Hello Caroline,
      The width measurement is for the width around the dogs back and chest – the circumference/width of the body.
      The length is from neck to back excluding the collar.
      I hope that helps!
      Louise

    1. Hello Jessie,
      K1, M1 – means to K1 stitch and then make one stitch.
      The make-one is performed in between two stitches, with the bar between the stitches.
      You pick up that bar and create a stitch in the fabric.
      I hope that helps!
      Louise

      1. Thank you I kind of figured it out but thank you for the response Iโ€™m trying to knit jumpers for 2 dachshund having a hard time finding a pattern using 2. Straight needles giving yours a go adjusting a few things .merry Christmas and a happy new year

  13. Hi, Where it says next 2 rows: as 1st and 2nd inc rows. The inc rows part, am I increasing the 1st and 2nd rows by 1 stitch?
    Thanks in advance

    1. Hello Lauren,
      Where it says: Next 2 rows: As 1st and 2nd inc rows.
      You will repeat these two rows –
      Row 1: K1, M1, P1, *K1, P1 โ€“ rep from * to last st, M1, K1.
      Row 2: P2, K1, *P1, K1 โ€“ rep from * to last 2 sts, P2.
      I hope that helps!
      Louise

      1. Hi Louise,

        Thank you, I realised what it meant about 5 mins after asking the question! Typical.
        I do have another question though,
        After you leave the sts on a stitch holder, where it says to join yarn to the inner end of sts. Is that the blunt end of the needle?

        1. Hello Lauren,
          You need to rejoin the yarn to the end where you are going to knit next – because you will work along that section to rib the sts.
          I hope that helps ๐Ÿ™‚
          Louise

  14. To make the sweater longer, do I just repeat the 4 row pattern after all the increases until the desired length then continue onto the shaping for the front? I need it for a rather long dog, 27.5โ€ in length please?
    Thank you

    1. Hello Mrs Miah,
      Yes, to make it longer just keep going repeating the grid stitch pattern until you have the length you desire before shaping.
      That should be easy to alter, as you can continue with the pattern after that without making any further adjustments.
      I hope that helps and happy knitting!
      Louise

  15. I put this aside a week ago in despair. I did a gauge swatch, but it still looks enormous. And I’ve come to the point where I should have 131 sts, but I have 121. I thought it’d be a snap after making my first mittens , but I’m dazed and confused.

    1. Hello Debra,
      You may need to go through and check that you completed all of the increases in the pattern?
      You could use a highlighter to mark out all of the increases for your size.
      And maybe for the tension – try going down a needle size if it is too large?
      I hope that helps!
      Louise

  16. Hi,
    What size sweater is your model wearing? Finding it hard to decide what size to knit for my medium golden doodle.
    Thanks๐Ÿ˜Š

    1. Hello Lisa,
      My dog is wearing the large size in the photographs.
      The measurements are in the pattern info if you need them.
      I hope that helps!
      Louise

    1. Hello Sally,
      For the medium size, you will need 3 x 50g/116m/126yds balls of yarn in DK/8ply.
      The yarn info is in the pattern underneath the ‘Yarn’ section.
      I hope that helps!
      Louise

  17. Hello,

    Iโ€™m a bit confused with this pattern as I am a total newb. This might be a dumb question but for the collar of the coat do I just use the grid stitch, or should I use a rib stitch? If so how long should the collar of the coat be?

    1. Hello Emma,
      Yes, the collar is in 1×1 ribbing only – but it depends on the size as to how long it will be.
      As you can see in the pattern you follow different instructions for the small, medium, and large sizes.
      The last section says this:

      For all sizes:

      Next row: K 2, 2, 4 sts, *M1, K7 โ€“ rep from * to last 2, 2, 4 sts, M1, K 2, 2, 4 sts. (45, 77, 113) sts.
      Row 1: K1, *P1, K1 โ€“ rep from * to end.
      Row 2: P1, *K1, P1 โ€“ rep from * to end.
      Rep these two rib rows for 4, 5, 6 inches.

      So you work in 1×1 rib for 4″ (small) 5″ (medium) or 6″ (large).

      I hope that helps!
      Louise

  18. Thank you so much for sharing this pattern. Iโ€™ve really enjoyed it so far. I do have a question though. What do you mean by โ€œbreak off yarn.โ€ Does that mean to cut it? If so, how do I continue the project and join the yarn for the next section?

    Any guidance is very much appreciated!

    1. Hello Branda,
      Yes, to break the yarn is to cut the yarn.
      When you rejoin it, you can thread the yarn through a darning needle and through the first loop on the needle – of the next section.
      You can leave this hanging loose or tie it to secure it (to that first loop).
      Then you can continue to knit.
      I hope that helps!
      Louise

    1. Hello Theresa,
      Yes, you could change the stitch pattern to stockinette stitch instead of the grid stitch.
      I hope that helps!
      Louise

  19. Thank you for the pattern, I am looking forward to knitting it. I have a question, where is the collar in the pattern?

    1. Hello Lisa,
      The collar section is near the end of the pattern where it says this:
      Rep these two rib rows for 4,5,6 inches.
      I hope that helps!
      Louise

  20. I am going to knit up this beautiful sweater for my son’s large dog. Can you tell me please if the gauge is in stockinette stitch or the pattern stitch?

    1. Hello Muriel,
      The gauge is measured in the grid stitch pattern.
      I hope you enjoy the pattern ๐Ÿ™‚
      Louise